Jabez Edward Chittock

#21502, b. 13 August 1843

Individual's Timeline

Birth13 August 1843Jabez Edward Chittock1
Birth RegSeptember 1843Jabez Edward Chittock2
Christening9 January 1848Jabez Edward Chittock1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Jabez was a second class 'boy' in the royal navy in 1861. Nothing in National archives within the Navy records, and no census hits after 1861.
  • Name Variation: He was also known as Edward J Chittock.

Census details

Brushes with the LAW

I found Jabez as a 'second class boy' in 1861. He was on her Majesty's ship Pelorus' in Auckland Harbour.

I believe that Jabez turned up in Tasmania in 1867. The Tasmania Reports of Crimes have this entry - Jabez CHITTOCK who arrived in Tasmania by the ship Ellen was tried in Gordon (I assume this is in Tasmania) on 13th July 1867. He was sentenced to 12 weeks for 'disobedience of Orders'. His native place was Norfolk and he was 23 years old.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Not found in census after 1861 and death not found in England or Wales.
Background information on HMS Pelorus 1857 - HMS Pelorus was a 2,330 ton displacement, 21 gun corvette launched on 5 February 1857 from the Devonport dockyard. It was captained at first by Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, then by Henry Boys, and later William Henry Haswell.

She participated as part of a squadron after the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Then she was sent to the China Station during the Second Opium War until May 1859 when she sailed for Australian Station.

In June 1860, as flagship of the Australian Squadron under Captain Frederick Seymour, she participated in the attack on Puketakauere p? during the First Taranaki War. Later that year, the crew landed at Kairau to support British troops under attack from Maori and in January 1861 a gun crew from the ship helped defend the British redoubt at Huirangi against the Maori. She left the Australia Station in July 1862 for Plymouth.

The future admiral, Cyprian Bridge served on Pelorus in the East Indies as a midshipman.

She was decommissioned in 1868 and was broken up for scrap in 1869.


  1. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk, Jabez Edward Chittock
    Gender:      Male
    Birth Date:      13 Aug 1843
    Christening Date:      9 Jan 1848
    Christening Place:      Lakenham, Norfolk, England
    Age at Christening:      4
    Father's Name:      Timothy Chittock
    Mother's Name:      Hannah Christiana.
  2. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, possible birth CHITTOCK, Jabez Edward. Norwich     13/240 sep qtr 1843.